ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

The consequences of taking sexy pictures and sending them on your phone or putting them online

sexting picture Let’s take a minute and walk through a hypothetical situation. Let’s say I was to take explicit photos for my boyfriend or girlfriend on my phone and send them to him or her for fun. Someone else sees my photos by accident and thinks it would be a funny joke to post them on Facebook. I wake up to texts from my friends who saw the photos online and are concerned for me. I get online to see that most of Facebook has seen my pictures. I am horrified and humiliated. What do I do? How would my life change if my most intimate moments were shared with total strangers? What if my family and friends saw them?

Sexting is really popular right now. Whether you are sending texts on your phone, Snap Chatting inappropriate pictures, or uploading pictures and videos online, you never truly know who is looking at your content. In the moment of taking that selfie, it is easy to forget what the possible consequences are. There is an epidemic of photos being shared online without permission. Legally, if you give your pictures to someone else, they can do whatever they want with them. Even if it is a person you trust, it can get leaked. Computers can be hacked and nowadays none of our content online is truly ours. If someone really wanted to, they could access your information.

Since information spreads online within seconds, even if social media sites to take down the photos- there would still be links or archives online that connect you back to the images. Basically, no amount of work can clean up an incident like this. Information online is permanent and can circulate forever. We aren’t trying to scare you but we do want you to be smart. Think twice before you send someone naked pictures because it could turn your private life public. It might mean risking your personal life, your stress levels, and your self-esteem.